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August 8, 2005

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Posted by Alan Wexelblat

Normally I try to get fun stuff to post on Fridays; this one is just a bit late.

Savefile.com is offering free anonymous file uploading (and downloading). Their FAQ explicitly states no copyright-violating material but I'm not sure how they're enforcing it. Still, it beats holy heck out of email attachments.

Rense.com posts on "virtual" street art by English artist Julian Beever. The artist specializes in anamorphic images - that is, images that appear 3D when viewed from the proper angle. Impressive trick, to say the least. For fun, count the number of potential trademark & copyright violations just in this set of sample images.

From a link in Hanzi Smatter I found that there are some nontrivial liability issues around tattoo art - in this case for miswritten Chinese or Japanese characters.

I find the contrast between the permanence of body art and the transience of street art fascinating. When I look at new legislation, new court rulings, or the other things that fill this blog most days I try to keep in mind the huge variation in forms of expression and the people making those expressions.

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1. SFix on August 8, 2005 1:37 PM writes...

"nontrivial issues?"

Jargon and euphemisms. This isn't a corporate spin press release so I'm rather surprised to see the language of spin used here. How about "significant problems," instead?

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2. Dr. wex on August 8, 2005 4:05 PM writes...

Sorry if you found it jargony. I was trying for precision. That is, there are in fact some cases in court right now, and therefore tattoo artists are beginning to realize they may need to pay attention. Thus is is nontrivial, but I would not say it's significant in that it doesn't seem to be a common or widespread issue, yet.

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3. SFix on August 8, 2005 7:44 PM writes...

Well, there is no single way to use language. I'm certainly not a paragon of clarity and brevity. However, I suppose some new words do seem redundant to me. If a "nontrivial" issue does not rise to the order of being "significant" then it must, therefore, be insignificant ;-) Oh well...words work in mysterious ways.

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4. David Bollier on August 9, 2005 4:55 PM writes...

Re IP protection of tattoos, I came across the case of Elayne Angel, owner of the Rings of Desire body-piercing studio, who has Service Mark 2,645,270 on a full-body tattoo of angel wings. There is actually an "R" in a circle symbol between two of the angel "feathers" on the right buttock of the person tattooed. For more, see http://ringsofdesire.com/wingsregistration/index.htm. I came across this when researching my book, Brand Name Bullies. Marisa Kakoulas has written about the IP claims for tattoos; see http://www.bmezine.com/news/legal/20041110.html. I'm not sure we want to go down that path.

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